Gravesite theft being investigated

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 9/13/18

A family is searching for answers after items were stolen from their loved one's resting place.Denise Smith made a heartfelt plea on Facebook Monday for any information related to the theft of …

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Gravesite theft being investigated

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A family is searching for answers after items were stolen from their loved one's resting place.

Denise Smith made a heartfelt plea on Facebook Monday for any information related to the theft of flowers and trinkets from the grave of her son, Lyle Guthrie. She said the theft happened sometime between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5 at Friendship Estates, a cemetery along the new Oakman Parrish Highway.

Smith spoke to the groundkeeper, who confirmed nothing had been removed during maintenance of the cemetery, and none of the missing items were found around the perimeter of Friendship Estates.

"Lyle’s grave was the only one stolen from, so therefore this was done with malice intent towards Lyle and our families," Smith said in a post on Facebook. "What type of person would steal from a grave, especially from someone that was murdered and knowing how much pain and suffering our families have suffered and continue to suffer daily?"

Guthrie was tragically murdered in a vehicle pursuit on Sept. 20, 2016, after he discovered two men burglarizing his home in Oakman.

Following Smith's Facebook post was an outpouring of love and community support. No one, however, has come forward with information about the theft. 

On Tuesday, Smith shared to Facebook, "The 2nd Anniversary of Lyle’s murder will be on the 20th of this month and we relive that devastating day each and every day and will continue to do so for the rest of our lives.

"Our hearts were truly touched by the comments to know that y’all haven’t forgotten about Lyle and our families and the devastation and destruction that has been caused by Lyle’s murder." 

Detective Ray Capps with the Walker County Sheriff's Office is reportedly investigating the theft. He can be reached at the Sheriff's Office by calling (205) 302-6464. 

According to Alabama law, anyone who disturbs a resting place, including an actual monument or items meant for remembrance, can be found guilty of a class A misdemeanor, punishable of up to one year in jail or hard labor, as well as a possible fine of up to $6,000.